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On the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland-an Affiliate to the Queen. Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world ofOn the day of her Presenting, in front of the entire Byern Court, seventeen-year-old Cyrene Strohm's lifelong plans come to fruition when she's chosen for one of the most prestigious positions in her homeland-an Affiliate to the Queen. Or so she thinks. When Cyrene receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book, she finds nothing is as it seems. Thrust into a world of dangerous political intrigue and deadly magic, Cyrene's position only grows more treacherous when she finds herself drawn to the one man she can never have... King Edric himself. Cyrene must decide if love is truly worth the price of freedom....

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ISBN : 9781514864258
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Number of Pages : 332 Pages
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The Affiliate Reviews

  • Christy
    2018-10-11 15:50

    4-4.5 stars! I love when authors go out of their normal writing genre and publish something else. I think it shows true talent to be diverse like that. It’s been a long while since I’ve read a YA Fantasy book, but I used to read them when I was younger. Reading The Affiliate, I remembered why I loved reading this genre. KA Linde did a fantastic job with the first book in this series. Her writing was descriptive, engaging and pulled me right into the story. “From this day forth, you shall be known as the Queen’s Affiliate.”
Cyrene’s life changes when she hears those words the day of her presenting. Cyrene has been chosen for this esteemed position of the Queen’s Affiliate and she couldn’t be happier. Until she realizes that things may not be as she thought in the kingdom. Not only is there tension with the Prince (and not the good kind) the Queen doesn't like her and the King may like her too much. She’s dealing with this, plus new revelations about herself. Cyrene has to decide what to do. Taking a risk and going on an adventure is maybe her only option… Cyrene is intuitive and has an adventurous spirit. She’s on a mission to find out why things are different for her… Not only was the main character fantastic (lets face it, I’m not a fan of all of Linde’s heroines so I’m more than happy to report that this MC is great) but there were so many wonderful secondary characters that brought so much to the story. I loved the ones that were willing to go on Cyrene’s journey with her. “What are you going to do? You have something in mind. I can see it.”
“Yes, I have a plan.”
“Could we get in trouble?”
“Yes.”
“Is it worth it?”
“Yes.” 
And lets not forget King Edric. Even though there wasn’t a ton of romance in this story, you definitely want him as the love interest and feel the chemistry and tension these two have. I’m rooting for him. I am very impressed with this first book. It set up the start to a potentially great series. I loved how the story developed and the characters we’ve got to know so far. I’m sure book 2 will have even more action, more development and more romance (one can hope ;)) I think it’s important to point out that even though this story is YA, it didn’t feel young. Cyrene and the characters her age are mature for their age due to the time period/situation. After finishing this story, the main thing that kept running through my head was MORE. I need more of these characters and I need to see where this is going to go! I really hope there isn’t a long wait on the sequel because I’m dying to know what happens next.

  • Beverly
    2018-09-29 20:16

    I don’t usually read YA or Fantasy books, but Kyla’s books are like crack to me so of course I decided to read Affiliate. When I started I was immediately intrigued and fell in love with the time period. I am a HUGE fan of Western Civilization and while this is obviously fiction it is set in a similar time, so I was hooked.Our heroine is Cyrene is seventeen and we first meet her on the day of her Presenting. Today is the day that will determine the rest of her life. She will learn if she will be First, Second or Third Class. During her Presenting she captivates King Edric and becomes an Affiliate to the Queen. From the moment Cyrene begins her time as Affiliate her life as she knew it completely changes. She has multiple challenges and learning who she is. She has these new abilities and is seeing things differently. This story is really just a tease of what’s to come and learning the class systems and characters. We need to learn of Cyrene’s powers and I am dying to see where things could go with King Edric. I have so many hopes and for this book and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.Despite this story being YA and our heroine being seventeen it doesn’t feel like typical YA. The best way I can describe it is to say she isn’t a seventeen in high school. She is an adult according to her culture and making adult decisions that will affect the rest of her life. It’s very grownup YA. That being said, I do highly recommend even if this isn’t your typical genre if you are fan of Kyla’s angst and creativity!ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    2018-09-20 18:00

    4 Royal StarsI have a love/hate relationship with K.A. Linde. I love her, but sometimes her books make me want to pull my hair out. I tend to love her less angsty books, but I’ll be honest, I’m learning to love the angst (a little). I love YA Fantasy reads. Before I read New Adult, I read primary Young Adult for about two years. I love the innocence of the genre and what kind of world the author can create and take me too. When I found out K.A. Linde wrote in this genre, I was ALL OVER THAT.Cyrene is the Heroine. She’s strong, resilient and loyal. The story begins with Cyrene on presenting day. She’s interviewed by the King and he decides where she goes. To everyone surprise she is picked as an Affiliate. She will be the Queen’s right hand woman. This job is to not be taken lightly.The first bit of the book starts off slowly, but Linde does this to paint the picture for you. Like any YA fantasy book, there is a new language to learn. You are sucked into this new world with unique names, customs and cities. I couldn’t get over the names. At times I had to reinvent them in my head (I’m not the best reader) but I appreciate how beautiful and one-of-kind they are. There is kind of sort of a love triangle, but not really. King Edric and Prince Kael are brothers and **gasp** both fancy Cyrene, how could they not? I actually loved this. Yes, I am anti-love triangles, BUT there’s something about two guys affections towards a girl, it completely works in a YA book. The “romance” isn’t the star of the story, but it’s there. Do not think it’s like the Lux series.“She has this pull. When I’m with her, the throne slips away, and I’m just a man with a beautiful woman.”“She didn’t want the King’s attention, the Prince’s infatuation, the Queen’s animosity, or the Consort’s help. She certainly didn’t want to have to think about the murder…”Cyrene is in the thick of drama. A killer is on the loose and somehow Cyrene is connected to all of it. On top of that, she receives a mysterious book that only she can read. To everyone else the book is blank. I liked the suspenseful part of the read. I liked figuring out what was going on and how it all tied together. At times some parts went over my head. It’s a book you have to sit and pay attention to, but it’s very different and intriguing. If you like YA books, you will be a fan of The Affiliate. To me, it reads more like a Sarah Maas book. It’s adventurous, suspenseful and has the girl-power quality I crave for in a YA read. The romance is there, but like a typical YA book, it’s on the back burner. If you are a fan of KA Linde books or just want to try a different genre, I suggest you give The Affiliate a go. It’s a little bit different, but completely wonderful. An ARC was provided The Affiliate AMAZON

  • Wendy Higgins
    2018-09-20 16:15

    On to book 2! :)

  • Jasmine
    2018-10-04 20:16

    4 STARS! ★★★★"She has this pull. When I'm with her, the throne slips away and I'm just a man with a beautiful woman."Every now and then, I do find myself indulging into YA fantasy reads because it gives me the escapism I need from the contemporary ones. So when I found out that KA Linde, the queen of angst had decided to venture into this genre, I was particularly excited! And she didn't disappoint as I was left dying for the next one already by the end of the book.The Affiliate doesn't just tell a romance story in a fantasy world but keeps you on your toes with mysterious twists and thrilling suspense: all the signs of an amazing series to come. Our young yet spunky heroine, Cyrene has just been bestowed with one of the most prestigious roles: to be the Queen's Affiliate. While embracing her new duties, Cyrene slowly learns more about the path she is about to embark on. Evil forces lurking to threaten our characters, strange occurrences that can't be explained. All these had me flipping the pages faster after the last to know the outcome. What I loved most is the alluring world that she created and its vivid description of the characters' dressing and the backdrop setting. I'm just...WOW. Honestly I had it all painted out in my head and my mind just went into a frenzy with making graphics just for this book alone. The rich, lush Victorian-isque setting just adds onto the romance element of the read which I really loved. Just like most YA fantasy series, I think it's important to note that the first book lays out all the groundwork and world-building. So, naturally it does take a while to acclimate with the story and its characters, getting used to the story lingos. Once I'm past that stage, I found myself immersed in that world and what lies ahead next. With Cyrene garnering both King Edric and Prince Kael's attention, only one gets a hold on Cyrene's heart. Jealousy strikes also with Queen Kaliana at bay and staking her claim by the King's side. With how much the story unfolded so far, I'm very intrigued with where the storyline will take us next. All the bits of information that the author has fed us so far is enough to sate our curiosity but yet leaves us dying for more. The Affiliate is a great start to a potentially amazing series and I'm excited to what lies ahead next for Cyrene and the rest! The Affiliate is the first book in The Ascension Series and is of YA fantasy genre.ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    2018-09-28 22:51

    So I genuinely want to commend KA Linde for writing this book. She has said that she wanted to write a book like this, a YA fantasy instead of her usual romance, and she went out there and did it! Me not liking this is very much a case of it's not you, it's me. I just didn't connect. But I wanted to write something short because I think Linde is a great example to all writers, writing something that makes her happy and going for it.

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    2018-10-18 19:01

    REVIEW TO COME!!Arc provided for an honest review

  • Clau R.
    2018-09-20 20:14

    Sounds interesting and I may read it... I don't know. KA Linde hurt me badly in her Avoiding series and I was left with no desire to read her stories ever again. BUT... I may give this a chance.

  • Tijuana *BookTwinsReviews*
    2018-10-07 22:15

    If you were to start with a little bit of The Selection, add in a smidge of ACOTAR, then sprinkle in a bit of The Golden Dynasty you'd have something that's truly amazing! That’s kinda how this book reads! Don't get me wrong, it's completely fresh and unique. However, it feels like an amalgamation of everything I love about the YA genre with a hint of romance. I adored everything about it! There’s a lot going on here. The story is multi-layered and unbelievably AMAZING! K.A. Linde totally owned me today! I couldn't put it down. I literally sat on the sofa smiling to myself all day, while reading this amazing book. I looked like a crazy person, but didn’t care at all! Here’s the skinny:Cyrene Strohm is appointed to the position of Queen’s affiliate, a high-profile position in the royal court. After her appointment, she is thrown into the power struggle between the King, Queen, Prince, and Consort. She also captures the eye of the King and Prince early on, along with somehow becoming mixed up in a murder mystery. Here’s what I loved:The Affiliate is imaginative, exciting, thrilling, enigmatic, mysterious, and bloody brilliant! I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the ending. I cannot wait to continue with this series! I loved the characters, interpersonal dynamics, plot, writing, pace---pretty much everything about it. Cyrene is smart, resourceful, determined, and cunning. She possesses all the traits I love in respect in a YA heroine. She’s a woman after my own heart. The hint of paranormal was effing fabulous! I’m dying right now because I want to start the next book right now….sleep be damned.To sum up, the book is amazing. If you love YA; you’ll love this one. I highly recommend it.

  • Rachel(APCB Reviews)
    2018-10-16 23:06

    Set in a fantasy world of relative peace, the kingdom of Byern has a rite of passage ceremony when children turn 17. They are either assigned to first, second, or third class. First is the aristocracy who work for the monarchy, second is the military along with other necessary bourgeoise jobs, while third are the merchants and farmers. Cyrene makes Affiliate and catches the attention of young King Edric. As murders appear around the castle, Cyrene discovers they might be connected to her.As much as I wanted to like this book, the noxious fumes of insta-love kept batting me down. I'm a sucker for books with forbidden love, and this one is the epitome of forbidden love, since the king is married. I wanted a romance with a searing, slow burn, a connection that didn't click right away, one that grew stronger and stronger. Sadly I got none of that. They have an instant connection and are mutually entranced by one another from the start. I couldn't get myself to care about the romance at all which stinks because it's a relatively large element in the book. Of course there's the spiteful and bitter younger brother who's playing for Cyrene's attention too, because he's jealous of his brother's throne and wants to take something he loves. The characters were good enough, if a bit flat. I couldn't really connect with any of them, and I didn't feel nor care for them much. There are many secondary characters with enough ulterior motives, deception, and venge-seeking to make things interesting. The court politics and overall political intrigue are constant high points in the novel. The world-building was fascinating, and the world K.A. Linde creates is complex and vibrant; I want to know so much more! There's also mystery and magic in The Affiliate, and I love where K.A. Linde takes the story with those elements. It's still a bit unclear and hazy, but I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. K.A. Linde's writing is wonderful and highly absorbing. It's clear the author has talent, but I felt a few key elements of her story were lacking. Would I recommend this? I'm not really sure. It's a fast read, and if you're not feeling too picky I'd give this one a try. Also it's definitely for fans of the tv show, REIGN.

  • Donna {Book Passion for Life}
    2018-10-06 16:12

    I love how many YA fantasy stories are popping up lately and The Affiliate is an even more special book for me because it’s written by K.A. Linde – one of my favourite bookish friends. With the author being such a huge fantasy fan I was excited to see her take her hand to it and I can’t say I was disappointed! I think K.A. Linde did a fantastic job with The Affiliate and I hope to see many more fantasy stories from her.The Affiliate is a unique read. I’ve read many fantasy stories and the ones that I have loved, have each been for their own reasons. The reason for me loving The Affiliate is because it’s so unique. I’ve simply not read anything like it. Cyrene’s story is brave tale, one about a girl heading into an uncertain life that is full of mystery, danger and politics and magic. Magic plays a big part of this story and it’ll certainly wrap you up in the mystery around it. It’s rich in detail and woven into the story perfectly and the mystery surrounding the letter that Cyrene receives will leave you dying to know more.Like all great stories there has to be a great love and The Affiliate definitely delivers in that way. Cyrene’s love interest is one so forbidden it makes the story even more dangerous but also a suspenseful one too – yep, she falls in love with the King. King Edric! And even though he has his faults, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Theirs is a love story you can’t help root for – my favourite kind and I just can’t wait to see what happens next.So if you haven’t already added The Affiliate to your TBR list. Do it now. You don’t want to miss out on this adventurous tale by a stunning writer! Thank you to K.A. Linde for giving me the opportunity to review this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rohina
    2018-09-29 20:57

    "She has this pull. When I'm with her, the throne slips away and I'm just a man with a beautiful woman." From the moment I started this book, I was drawn to it.The Affiliateis a book which has multiple layers that need to peeled very carefully. The book has a very interesting storyline, unlike any I've read.K.A. Linde doesn't just delivers a romance story in a fantastical world. Nope. What she presents is so much more than I had anticipated. It is a story that keeps you on your toes with all the mysteries, twists and suspense.The book starts with a flashback to when the King was dying and leaving an age old story that was believed to be just that. A bedtime story. Fast forward to the present day, it starts with Cyrene getting ready for her Presenting, where the King would assign her a duty as a First, Second or Third Class citizen in the Kingdom. Before the ceremony every person standing for the Presenting day receives a letter. When Cyrene reads her letter, it sparks a want within her to decipher what it means. What she doesn't realize is that the letter holds the key to her real identity.Cyrene for her Presenting comes dressed in a bold red gown which leaves the King stunned as red- a bold daring color- is not what one wears in the Kingdom. Moving further, Cyrene has been bestowed with the greatest honor -the Queen's Affiliate.And what's our heroine if she doesn't have the two most handsome men in the room vying for her attention? Why of course! King Edric and Prince Kael!And when Cyrene has the King attracted to her, the Queen is bound to make her life difficult.From the moment she has become an Affiliate, everything that she knew was completely changing, as simple as the mundane things. Cyrene had to face multiple hurdles and none of them easy. It left her questioning her life. Her future. Herself. Everything.The characters, the magic, the known, the unknown, the threats and darkness that just looms around the whole plot! I couldn't help but fall in love with all the aspects of the book!All of these had me flipping the pages like mad, wanting to find out what happened next.What I absolutely loved about the book is the vivid images that conjured in my head while trying to imagine what the author was trying to portray. From the character's attire to the locations and setting and the time period left me in awe.Another thing that caught my eye was the character's name. They are so unique and very very deceiving. What I gathered and what my personal observation, and I could be very wrong, is that every character and their attribute is very deceiving. You cannot take anything at face value and like mentioned before, there are so many layers to this novel that needs to be peeled very carefully to get to the heart of it.What's important to keep in mind is that this is the first book in the series and it lays a foundation for the rest to come, so it will take a little time to catch up to everything, including the pronunciation of the of the names.The story that Ms. Linde delivered and the way she ended has me wanting the second book. This book was a really great start to what could turn out to be one of the most amazing YA Fantasy I've come across. 4.5 Stars! ★ BUY The Affiliate (Kindle)★ BUY The Affiliate (Paperback)_________________________You can follow me on:✦ Facebook Page ✦ Main Blog ✦ Twitter *ARC gifted by author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
    2018-09-19 22:54

    I am a sucker for YA Fantasy books, so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I knew I couldn't pass it up. It took me a little while to submerse myself into the world K.A. created, but once I got into the book, I couldn't stop reading. It took a while for me to understand the world, but it was eventually fleshed out in the book. I was so thankful for that, because I was really confused as to the dynamics of this fantasy world in the beginning of this book. I thought the world K.A. created was really unique and interesting. I would still like to learn more about the world. I am also intrigued by the magic in this book, and I would like to see how that develops in this series. My favorite thing about this book was the fact that everyone wore long ball gowns. It created beautiful visuals in my mind.One of my major complaints about this book was the fact I couldn't connect to any of the main characters. I liked Cyrene's best friend in the book, but I didn't like Cyrene or her male counterparts. I enjoyed how strong Cyrene was, and I thought some of her snarky comments were funny. However, I thought she was rude, unlikeable, and annoying at times. I really was annoyed that she seemed to excel at everything, and everyone was in love with her. I understood that she was beautiful, but I couldn't understand why everyone loved her so much. However, I really liked her whenever she was with her girlfriends in the book! I admired how brave and strong she was, but I just could not get attached to her. I was just confused because she was always weirdly smirking or being rude, and everyone loved her!When it comes to the romance, I am still on the fence about how I feel about it. I was annoyed that every male seemed to love Cyrene. When Cyrene started to fall for the King, I was just confused. I felt like it was randomly done to cause angst and drama. When Cyrene and the King talked, it was obvious they had chemistry. I found myself forgetting about the reasons why they couldn't be together. However, when I stepped back and looked at the situation, I got annoyed because THE KING IS MARRIED. I know the Queen is horrible, but I still felt weird rooting for the King and Cyrene to get together when he was married. As I said though, they definitely had chemistry. When I wasn't thinking about why they shouldn't be together, I enjoyed their romantic moments. However, I am still not 100% behind the romance.Overall, I thought this book was an okay book. I enjoyed the world, and the plot of this book. However, I am not sold on the romance or the characters. I do think the characters have potential to grow into character I love in the next books. I still think K.A. Linde is a wonderful author, even if I didn't absolutely love this book! I will probably read the next book in this series, but it is not something I am dying to get my hands on. 3 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for a honest review.*MrsLeif's Two Fangs About ItFacebook

  • Kimberly
    2018-09-29 17:57

    If I'd had the time I would have read this in one sitting. This wasn't over the top good writing but there was never a dull moment, I liked the characters and I can't wait for the sequel to come out!!

  • AiraCabrera
    2018-10-15 15:58

    4.5 stars!ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. Cyrene has studied very hard in hopes of being placed in first class. She’s lived in first class her entire life, and her brother and older sister have both been placed in first class, but that does not guarantee her a spot. Everyone is taught that all 3 classes are equal. (Sure.) Every class has their own duties, but it’s quite obvious that people in the first class are much more respected. Surprise!To her delight, Cyrene gets placed in first class, and is made to be an Affiliate. However, she is made to be an affiliate to the queen. Cyrene and King Edric had an instant connection. The queen saw it, so she absolutely hated Cyrene.Prince Kael was also attracted to Cyrene, but I felt like he only liked her because she challenged him. King Edric was attracted to her, because she intrigued him. I would really like to see more of a development in his character. He cared for Cyrene, but I felt like he didn’t have a lot of solid reasons for liking her.I love romance, I really do, but I’m glad that it was not the main focus of this book. I know, shocking. There was a book given to Cyrene by her little sister. She’s the only one who can read the writings inside. No one else could. She’s really intrigued by this, but she’s also afraid of what it could mean.The secondary characters added excitement and mystery to the book. I really liked them! I heard the author is starting the next book. I hope she writes fast!BLOG POST

  • Amy
    2018-10-16 20:16

    I am a huge KA Linde fan and didn't think she could surpass the brilliance of the Record series with Brady and Liz or the angst of the Avoidance series. Well, I was wrong. The Affiliate breaks from her contemporary romance novels and she truly shines in this fantasy/young adult novel. If you love Richelle Mead, you will devour this series. Kyla sets up this amazing new world with a young girl on the brink of beginning a new life. She's nervous, scared, but ready to begin her life. She finds herself firmly entrenched in court politics as she tries to figure out the strange things that are happening. I do not want to spoil this for anyone because you truly need to experience the magic, romance and intrigue. This book has it all--a feisty heroine, a handsome and conflicted king (Edric is totally swoon worthy). And the queen will say and do things that will make you groan and want to throw your book against the wall. I am impatiently waiting for book 2 and cannot wait to see what KA Linde has in store for Cyrene and Edric.

  • L.R.W. Lee
    2018-10-11 18:08

    4.5 Stars! Engaging plot. Complex world. Scintillating romance. This is how I summarize The Affiliate by K. A. Linde.I’m a sucker for a believable romance and this book definitely had that in spades. But there’s more. Linde introduces us to the complex world of Byren that is filled with numerous factions vying for their own gain and thus not friendly to each other…it’s the stuff great stories are made of, right?The writing flowed and drew me in to the world. One thing...Read full review on my blog at http://blog.lrwlee.com/2016/03/07/rev...

  • Sønia
    2018-09-27 17:51

    No sé por qué me pongo a leer cosas de temáticas que sé que no me atraen, aunque sea fan de la autora. La historia no está nada mal pero está mucho más centrada en detallar el mundillo creado por K.A. Linde y sus personajes. No se puede decir que no haya romance pero es como casi todos los libros del género YA Fantasy, la trama se centra mucho más en otros aspectos que, aunque son interesantes, no es lo que a mi me gusta leer. Por lo tanto, hay que tomarse mis 2 estrellas con perspectiva porque seguramente los fans del género lo sabrían valorar mucho más.

  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
    2018-09-26 17:59

    I really loved this! It was a mix between The Selection and some high fantasy novels like the Study series, etc. I can't wait for book 2!

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2018-10-07 21:11

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Epic high fantasy that will leave you breathless and dying for the next book. Brimming with magic, romance, and adventure, this is sure to be a hit with all YA fantasy fans!Opening Sentence: “Let them in.”The Review:It is Cyrene Strohm’s seventeenth birthday, which means it is also her Presenting day. The day she will be assigned into a class and given a position that she will have for the rest of her life. There are 3 classes and the Third Class is a mix of craftsmen, merchants, and farmers. The Second Class consists of mostly the guard service and all those that help with creating military weapons. The First Class are made up of the Affiliates and the High Lords that help to run the country. It has always been Cyrene’s dream to become an Affiliate to the Queen and her dream is about to come true. Cyrene grew up in a very prestigious family and she has always had high expectations of her future. What she didn’t expect was court life to be so dangerous and difficult to navigate.On her Presenting day Cyrene received a letter full of riddles and as a birthday gift her sister gave her a book that is blank to everyone but Cyrene. She starts to hear voices inside her head, and it seems like she is being constantly watched. To top things off there are dark brutal murders happening at the palace.Cyrene was bred to be the perfect Affiliate, but she soon finds herself caught between the man she can’t fall for and the queen she is suppose to serve. Will she choose loyalty or love? Or is there another path she is supposed to take all together? Find out in this sweeping high fantasy that you won’t want to put down!Cyrene is a very bold character. She is witty, flirtatious, and intelligent. She was really fun to get to know and I felt an instant connection with her. On top of all of her endearing qualities she also has some major flaws which made her a more realistic character. She tends to make rash decisions at times, and she is a little overconfident at times, but she is also a sweet, loving, loyal person. I felt like she grew tremendously as a character throughout the story, and by the end she had really come into her own. She still has a long journey ahead of her and I am really excited to see where her story goes in the next book.Edric is a very charming, swoon worthy, hot king that you can’t help but find intriguing. His relationship with Cyrene is very cute. They have an instant connection, an amazing chemistry, but things do develop a little too quickly for my liking. I think they could become an epic couple, but they still have a long way to go. To be perfectly honest, I felt like you didn’t get to know Edric as well as I would have liked, and I am hoping in the future books we get to explore his personality a little bit more. What I do you know of him I really like so far, but I can’t say whether or not I would pick him for Cyrene.Kael is a mysterious character that I really can’t quite figure out. One moment he seems like he could be a villain and then the next moment he turns into the charming prince you want to fall for. To be perfectly honest his relationship with Cyrene is rocky from the start. They seem to have a connection as well, but at this point I can’t really tell if it’s romantic or not. Kael really intrigues me as a character and I’m very interested to see how he develops in the future books.The Affiliate is an action-packed, romantic, adventurous book that I couldn’t put down. From the first moment I picked it up I was instantly hooked and finished the entire book in one sitting. I really enjoyed the entire cast of characters including all of the secondary characters they were all so well written and very engaging. The book is definitely full of lots of drama, political intrigue, and romance. I thought that the romance develops a little quickly, but I still really enjoyed it. I do want to mention that I know it looks like there is a love triangle because I talked about two boys earlier my review, but honestly I don’t think it was really much of a love triangle. It’s pretty obvious who Cyrene is going to end up with. So if you are not a fan of love triangles, I think that you would be fine reading the story. The book was definitely not perfect, but I cannot deny that it was very entertaining. The book was very fast-paced but there were a few times it felt a little choppy and not as smooth as I would’ve liked it to be. There were also moments where I got a little confused about what was happening and I feel that there were a lot of unanswered questions that I still have. But this is only the first book, so I’m sure that many of those unanswered questions will be answered in future books. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. This is my first book by Linde and I found her writing to be very captivating, and addictive. She really knows how to weave a wonderful story and I look forward to reading other books by her. Overall, this was an extremely enjoyable story and I would highly recommend it to any young adult fantasy fans.Notable Scene:Her lips quirked up into a haughty smirk. “Yes, My King.”King Edric paused, eyeing her mouth. “Do you always wear that smirk?”She tried to tramp down the expression on her face, but she didn’t seem to be able to. “Yes, My King.” His blue-grey eyes narrowed, and her heart thumped. Why can’t I keep a lid on my attitude today of all days?FTC Advisory: K.A, Linde/InkslingerPR provided me with a copy of The Affiliate. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Anjee
    2018-10-10 20:11

    Can you imagine stepping outside of the normalcy of your life to go beyond what you deem is real? I can, and I did.The Affiliate is a deeply layered novel that has an interesting storyline from one of Fantasy that is full of colors, and represents very minute details.It’s Cyrene’s day of presenting to which she will be assigned a duty as a First, Second or Third class citizen of the kingdom. She is deemed with a letter that is a riddle right before her duty is to be chosen. Cyrene thinks it’s not really important, when that could be farther from the truth. Things begin at a fast pace, and the story moves quickly.Once she has been chosen to be an Affiliate. King Edric and Prince Kael vile for her affection. To say she can be swept off of her feet is not something I would consider, with her personality, however when in King Edric’s presence the two of them have a pull like no other. I would dare say I have my suspicions about the two of them, but for now I will keep it to myself, and let it play out. Perhaps you will see what I mean once you read.Prince Kael is quite annoying, and rather than play the gentleman like King Edric he insists on getting Cyrene’s notice in one form or another. The thing is Cyrene has no inclination to give Prince Kael the time of day.Queen Kaliana is Cyrene’s receiver, and let’s just say the Queen is not a nice person. She gives Cyrene a rather dull task for her first job, and like I mentioned before things happen to pique Cyrene’s interest in what her letter was about, not to mention the oddities of a book she has been holding onto since her presenting. Murders begin to happen after her Presenting, and everyone is in quite a stir about why it is happening. We read through the story, and we get answers that start making more sense. People, places, and things all start to head in a direction where we can see a takeoff. Don’t get me wrong there are still a lot of things we know nothing about, but during this first part of the set-up we as an outsider can see the realm of possibility.Consort Daufina, Maelia, Ahlvie, and Rhea are all important characters to the story as well. I find myself still wondering what parts they have to play in this story. I feel like these supporting characters are part of Cyrene’s team for her undiscovered truth. All put in place for a specific reason.I read this story slowly. I had to there was no other way around it. Every single detail hashed out in this book… means something. You think that little object’s don’t count that it’s just descriptive detail, but it’s not. This is why if Fantasy is done well, it will blow your mind in the smallest way. It’s so hard to write this review knowing what I found, and wondering if you can do the same. I feel like I am in a game of Clue with this novel. It’s exciting, and fascinating at the same time. This book was provided by the author for an honest review.

  • Ashley
    2018-10-07 20:09

    The story was cool and I like the fantasy world.The romance and some of the characters were... bleh. Very shallow.The romance was TOLD instead of SHOWN and this was one of those things where every male seemed to be obsessed with the main character. There was hardly any dialogue between Cyrene and the king. Then when they spent the most time together, there was literally no dialogue at all. We were just TOLD that they spent time together and that it was fabulous.She and Eric paced the deck, discussing everything from geographical formations to ancient history to gardening. Over meals, they found themselves contemplating various cultural differences between the cities of Byern, and at night, they practiced languages and read aloud late into the night. They listened to a minstrel on board, danced their favorite jigs, taught each other card games, and watched the sunset over the Taken Mountains.This is literally a recap of the most time they spent together—four days. We're given no dialogue, no conversation, no experience of any of those events. We're just told that they happened.This romance could have been so fantastic. There was definitely some chemistry there, we just weren't privy to any of their moments together and that was a bummer.tl;dr* Good story* Interesting world/fantasy* I like the magic elements* The romance had POTENTIAL but it was very poorly executed* The whole "every male in the world is in love with the MC" thing is sooo annoying

  • Sabrina
    2018-10-05 19:48

    This book was quite the start to a sure to be amazing book series. It has all the right kinds of potential. Enough mystery, suspense and romance, along with intriguing characters to make the read worth it. Some highlights for me was the story line, characters and some forbidden romance.I liked that the story pulled you in right from the beginning. There was no lagging it just jumped into this brilliant plot. However yes within the first chapters there was a scene involving a certain Crown Prince that indeed made me cringe, but besides that the first half of this novel was amazing. When I hit the halfway mark, I thought the book couldn't get any better, and to my surprise it did. I thought I was already fully submersed in this world thatK.A. Lindecreated, but it turns out I could only get more addicted. Another thing that I really enjoyed was this forbidden love, at times I honestly did forget that it was forbidden because the two characters just had so much chemistry, it worked so well and it was amazing. Full review on Beyond the Book Reviews

  • Bridget
    2018-10-07 21:08

    What is this? I like fantasy?? Maybe I do because that was awesome!But really, why am I so surprised? When I think of movies that are fantasy, I loved them. Who doesn't like action, adventure, and intrigue? This one also contains sexual tension, which as primarily a romance reader, I'm in. All in.**Full review to come...This book was provided by the author in return for an honest review

  • Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
    2018-10-11 19:06

    Sooo I won a copy of The Affiliate from the author. Super excited to read it!

  • Raven_Blake
    2018-10-05 21:03

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars!Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy AddictionsThis book could’ve been my next favorite fantasy read if it wasn’t for the insta-love portrayed in it which pretty much ruined my enjoyability. When I read the premise of this book, it sounded like an exciting read with forbidden romance but I wasn’t expecting the cliched insta-love. I hate insta-love romance because they always annoy me so It’s a serious case of it’s not you, it’s me. I’m not saying it was entirely bad because I loved the plot, the setting and also the wonderful writing of the author. If you don’t hate insta-love romances then you might enjoy this book more than I did. I’m not familiar with K.A. Linde’s other works and this is my first book from her and I loved her writing style. I’ve heard this was her first YA fantasy book and she really did a good job in weaving this story and I really hope it improves in the next book.In the kingdom of Byern, every year they conduct a presenting ceremony rite for everyone who turned seventeen. At the ceremony they are assigned a duty either in first class, second class and third class. The first class are assigned to the monarchs, the second class and third class citizens are assigned in military, merchants and farming. Seventeen year old Cyrene is a first class citizen who’s been training hard since young to get placed in the first class just like her brother and sister. At the ceremony, she gets selected in the first class and placed in a most prestigious position, an affiliate to the queen. She also gets the attention of the handsome King Eric whom she feels drawn to but she can never have him. When she receives a mysterious letter and an unreadable book that only she can read, Cyrene begins to search for the hidden secrets. While on her search, mysterious murders happen around the castle that might be connected with her. With her feelings growing stronger for the king, Cyrene needs to make a decision between her freedom and love.Cyrene is a strong female protagonist but I can’t say she’s my favorite either. She’s brave, strong, adventurous and loyal. The only thing I hated about her was her strange attraction to the king who is also married to another woman. King Edric is handsome, regal and protective. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with his character and I can’t connect with him either. Prince kael is cunning, flirty, mysterious character who seems to have hidden motives. When Cyrene rejects his attention, he takes it as a challenge. Both brothers vies for cyrene’s attention but Cyrene only has eyes for one guy *cliche much*. I can’t help but roll my eyes with how cyrene and King Edric gets enamored with each other. I wouldn’t even care if Cyrene ends up with prince Kael. I’m glad the romance isn’t the central focus of this book because I didn’t liked the romance in this book and I also didn’t cared much about it. I like triangles only if they excite me but this one didn’t even excite me a bit. I’m fan of slow burn romance with angst and tension which this book heavily lacked. As for the secondary characters, I liked Cyrene’s friends Rhea, Ahlvie and Maelia. I enjoyed the girl friendship between Cyrene and Rhea and I want more of it. The plot is engaging, mysterious and unique. Though I didn’t enjoyed the romance, I really enjoyed the story and the world the author has created. The story moved in a fast pace and there’s never a dull moment. Even though some parts of the story is predictable, it never stopped me continuing the book. The whole book is told in third person perspective. I loved the writing style of this book, it was addictive and I flowed through it easily with out any struggle. I enjoyed the world the author has created with unique customs and culture and I’d love to know more of this world. Overall, I liked it! With the appearance of the mysterious braj, the story became more interesting. Honestly, I would’ve given it a four star rating if there isn’t a super insta-love in this book. The story finally concluded with a minor cliffhanger with so many questions left unanswered and I might read the sequel just to find out what happens next.

  • Abbi
    2018-10-16 21:57

    3.5 stars

  • Floryie
    2018-10-07 16:54

    *Free copy from the author for an unbiased review*This book has only whetted my appetite for more of this series. I believe only the surface has been scratched in this book. I am looking forward to know more about the world of Byern and Doma and the regime intrigue.The author has done a wonderful job getting the right bit of mystery and intrigue into the story and that's what kept me glued to the pages. Each and every page had something to contribute to the tale and I loved the feeling of turning the pages in anticipation of the next scene. It's rare to get that type of satisfaction from a book and this YA fantasy has done it!The characters introduced in this book are crafted well. They are not over done and they mesh well with their stories. Edric and Kael with their opposite yet similar characters, Kaliana with her spoilt personality, Cyrene with her strength, love and passion, Rhea and Maelia with their supportive friendships and even Ahlvie with his random alertness and hidden talents all contribute to the tapestry which is the story narrated in the first book of this series. Even the minor ones play vital roles to make it flow in the right direction.The concept and the background is unique and though it took a while to understand at the beginning I got an overall idea sometime in the midst of it. The ending left me thinking that the real adventure is to begin the sequel. And I believe that it is to be released in 2016. I seriously can't think of waiting so long!!!The narration was done masterfully and the description is vivid and crystal clear to imagine the incidents easily. The happenings and the reactions of the characters involved are all easy to picture with the imagery evoked by the author's words. And not only that the writing was enough to make me enjoy the gorgeous setting of the book described well in the tale. It isn't often that I can get the hang of a world and imagine them right in my mind and this book totally got me on track with it.Only element which didn't sync for me is the romance part. Cyrene seems to be too easily influenced and I am waiting to see what happens next because I can't see how it is going to play out.The plot was paced right to keep me involved without any exertion and I can't say enough about the overall effect the story had on me. I was so pumped and excited I was literally walking around in circles while reading the e-book on my android!Overall, I can totally see YA fantasy romance lovers reading this book and following this series.My one line review : A fantastical adventure just starting out with a spunky and gritty heroine!My rating : 4.5/5My reread factor : 4/5Floryie

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-25 16:12

    I was elated upon hearing K.A. Linde was writing a fantasy series. She is an even bigger fan of the genre than I am, and that’s saying a lot. Because of that, I went in with extremely high exceptions. After finishing, I am quite pleased and feel it was a solid start to a new series. The imagery used is beautiful and detailed; it felt as if I were transformed into this fascinating world. This story is definitely one that builds slowly and has complex world and character building. Don’t begin expecting nonstop action and endless drama, it is best appreciated as a subtle and gradual buildup of relationship and events. There are clues from the first chapter and layers of storylines that are revealed slowly. What you seek lies where you cannot seek it. What you find cannot be found. It took the majority of the book to finally identify with the heroine, Cyrene. It wasn’t that she was unlikable, I just didn’t really connect with her in the beginning. While I was intrigued by Edric, I never felt he and and Cyrene had an intense connection or relationship that was portrayed. Despite my issue with the romance, there was a intriguing aspect. The supporting cast of characters is outstanding, both the good and evil. The bond and relationships Cyrene creates with her friends is what I admire most throughout this book. Those friendships and her actions to those people make her strong heroine by the end. I absolutely adore Ahlvie, and like Cyrene I feel there is so much to him we have yet to learn. Maelia was a perfect counter balance to Cyrene and would love to have read more about her too. “Know that I’ll always be here. I’ll always be looking out. I’ll always be your best friend.” This is the first book I’ve read written by K.A. Linde and she definitely has a new fan. I can’t wait to see what happens in the follow up book, The Bound. There are so many unanswered questions and possible new adventures for Cyrene. I recommend this book to any seasoned high fantasy fan!

  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    2018-09-20 20:49

    I don't even know where to begin. I have never read a book by K.A. Linde before. Though, I have been curious since her books get recommended a lot. The Affiliate caught my eye because lately high fantasy is all I've been reading. I have a huge obsession with it, especially young adult high fantasy. Also, the cover completely sealed the deal for me. I actually started off with a sampler of the book and once the sampler came to its end I immediately logged in and bought the book so that I could finish it. I was so into it and I only read the first 20 pages or so. This book did not disappoint. I could not put it down. I loved everything about it. The romance is by far my TOP FAVORITE thing about this book. It was there, but it wasn't. I thought at first there was going to be a love triangle, but Linde did not throw that into the mix in this book. Now as for the sequel, who knows, but I hope not!I still don't know how I feel about Kael, the King's brother. I don't know if he is bad or good, and I think that was the author’s goal. Which, let me tell, she succeeded in doing one hundred percent. I hated him, then I started to like him, then hate him, and ended with liking him again. The King has my heart, though. FOREVER! LOL!Argh! The feels!! This book definitely took me by surprise. I never heard of it, nor have I seen it in the blogosphere, but it caught my attention. I bought it yesterday and finished it today. Now I am tempted to try Linde's other books, but I am not a big contemporary romance fan. I have a handful of authors that write contemporary that I read. Anyway, if you are reading this review it's because the cover, blurb, or something about this book got your attention, and I am here telling you that YOU MUST BUY IT AND READ IT! SO WORTH IT!